Interreg Volunteer Youth

Summary

During 2017, our projects have the opportunity to become part in the Interreg Volunteer Youth -pilot. By participating you have the possibility to engage a 18-30 year old person in supporting, promoting and reporting the concrete achviements of your project for 2-6 months.

Kindly note, the latest information is available at the Interreg Volunteer Youth webpage: https://www.interregyouth.com/

What is Interreg Volunteer Youth?

The Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) Initiative is a pilot action to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects. The initiative is aimed at involving young European volunteers to support, promote and report the concrete achievements of these programmes and projects, as well as generally promote European Territorial Cooperation and related values such as solidarity. 

The IVY will give volunteers the opportunity to familiarise with European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), make them aware of the many benefits of collaboration among EU internal borders as well as enhance their sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement.

IVY officially started on 1st March 2017 and is a 1-year pilot action to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in the cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects. Each experience is between 2 and 6 month long. The IVY is structured around two main strands:
  1. the Interreg Project Partners, that will help with Interreg project implementation focusing on specific aspects or difficulties to be solved in fields such as solidarity projects, people to people projects, health projects, community-based projects, projects focusing on the social dimension of Interreg cooperation. The Interreg Project Partner will therefore be deployed in the territory of one of the Interreg project beneficiaries;
  2. the Interreg Reporters that will help with disseminating information on the benefit of territorial integration on the ground, through reporting successful Interreg projects. The Interreg Reporter will therefore be deployed either in the offices of the Interreg Managing Authorities and/or the Interreg Joint Secretariats.

Why should a project host a volunteer?

The initiative is aimed at involving young volunteers to support, promote and report the concrete achievements of Interreg (programmes and) projects, as well as generally promote cooperation across European borders and related values such as solidarity.

All Interreg (Programmes &) Projects are strongly encouraged to host volunteers because:
  1. In such difficult times for the European Union, it is crucial to give the right attention and visibility to successful Interreg stories and thus get the right support from EU citizens, governments and institutions to keep cross-border cooperation – and related funding – as a crucial part of European Integration.
  2. Hosting a young motivated volunteer could significantly support Interreg activities in a unique and valuable way by providing a fresh, dynamic and effective approach to the implementation & communication of Interreg results.
  3. Host organisations would significantly increase their visibility towards European Institutions, the other Interreg Programmes & Projects as well as the broader European public and especially young Europeans and local communities and decision-makers.
  4. Host organisations would “make a difference” in some young Europeans´ lives as IVY will give volunteers the opportunity to familiarise with the Interreg programmes and projects, make them aware of the many benefits of collaboration among EU internal borders as well as enhance their sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement. Moreover, thanks to IVY, volunteers will acquire a unique experience of personal growth as well as enhancing and gaining skills that they can employ in their future experiences.
  5. It is very easy to join the initiative: AEBR takes care of financially support volunteers and provides a comprehensive insurance coverage to the volunteer onsite. Moreover, AEBR also organises a pre-departure training for volunteers and remains at the volunteer´s and host organisation´ s disposal during the whole experience.      

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